I was leafing through one of my old notebooks this morning, as my wife has asked me repeatedly to move some of them either to the hand of help office, or to the garage on numerous occasions, and I happened upon a timely quote from a man named Matthew Mead. I've mentioned this before, but ever since I was young enough to write, I've been keeping notebooks of notable quotables as it were, from books, magazines, sermons, and anything I came across that captured my attention. I don't know when I wrote this down, the notebook is yellowed with age, and I assume it has been at least a decade, but the writing is more timely than ever before, and it should serve to realign us with our true purpose and goal as we journey toward our eternal home.
'The pursuit of worldly things is unnecessary. Silver and gold are not necessary. We may be happy without them. The pursuit of worldly things is unsubstantial. The things of this world are more shadow than substance. Pleasure, honor and profit comprise all things in this world, and therefore are the carnal man's trinity!
'For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.'
What is pleasure but a dream and cheat? What is honor but opinion? What is profit but a bubble?
The things of this world have no substance in them, though foolish carnal men call them substance. The pursuit of worldly tings is unsafe. The gain of worldly things is always with difficulty but seldom with safety. The soul is often hazarded in the over eager pursuit of worldly things.
Myriads pawn, and lose, and damn their precious souls eternally, for a little silver and gold, which are but the dross and garbage of the earth!
The pursuit of worldly things is uncertain. Men make great ventures for the world, but it is all uncertain. They sow much, yet reap nothing. As the things of the world are uncertain in the getting, they are uncertain in the keeping.
If men do not undo us, moths may. If robbery does not undo us, rust may. If rust does not undo us, fire may. All earthly treasures may succumb to fire.
Solomon paints the world as with wings: 'Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.
How uncertain are all worldly things! The pursuit of worldly things is perishing. All this world's goods are passing away. Perishing pleasures, perishing honors, perishing comforts, perishing profits.
What pains do children take to scrape and roll the snow together to make a snowman. But soon after it is done, the heat of the sun dissolves it, and comes to nothing.
The greatest treasures of worldly people are but snowmen! When death and judgment come, they melt away, and come to nothing!'
If ever there was a time to draw closer to Christ, and cling to the truth of the Word dear friends, at least in our generation, I cannot think of it. Everything that we place our trust in, that is not Christ, will fail us and leave us in a state of desperation beyond our grimmest forecasts or imaginings.
I was in a prayer meeting this past Wednesday here in Wisconsin, and as I was praying I saw the words 'a nation in mourning' written in fire. Last night I saw the same words, in the same manner in a dream. As yet I do not know what, or when, but I felt I needed to share it. We are living truly perilous times, and as such must be more certain of our foundation now than ever before.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.